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Caiger-Smith, Alan

Born 1930, Argentina

Alan Caiger-Smith came to England as an infant in about 1932. He studied painting and drawing at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts from 1947-48 before going to Cambridge to read History and English Literature. In 1954 he attended evening classes in ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design where, under the guidance of Dora Billington, he began making tin glaze earthenware. He founded the Aldermaston Pottery in 1955 and worked there with a team of assistants until he closed it in 1993 to concentrate on his own work.


Most of his work is functional domestic ware but a number of individual pieces are produced. He has written about tin glaze pottery and the lustre ware technique.  His lustre pottery was the subject of an exhibition organised by the City Museum, Stoke-on-Trent in 1985.  His work is in the collections of the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Teapot with Cane Handle
Large Dish